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For the Love of Film...

Welcome to my review website. I love movies, and here’s the place I talk about them. You’ll find my ratings, on a scale of zero to five stars, in all of my posts. For each film, I’ve written either a full critique, which is a longer piece; a compact review, which is usually just a paragraph; or a quick take, which is only a sentence or two. I also post articles about the world of cinema on my film blog.

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Funny Games

Funny Games

It’s rare that it’s difficult to know what to make of a film, but that’s certainly the case with Funny Games. Writer-director Michael Haneke’s 2007 shot-for-shot American remake of his 1997 Austrian film of the same name is a brutal, exactingly formal treatise on the evils of violent entertainment, but is itself violent entertainment. It resembles Stanley Kubrick’s polemical A Clockwork Orange, both in tone and in the way it unnerves not just its characters, but also its audience. The writing and directing are precise and calculated to terrorize. The actors—particularly the ever-real Naomi Watts—do good work here, and the film surprises, but I’m not sure it succeeds as a film (though it might work as a scolding). Not for most people.

**½ (out of *****)

©2018 David R. George III


2007 • 111 MINUTES
CELLULOID DREAMS • HALCYON PICTURES • TARTAN FILMS • X-FILME INTERNATIONAL • LUCKY RED

STARRING
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NAOMI WATTSTIM ROTH

ALSO STARRING
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MICHAEL PITTBRADY CORBETDEVON GEARHART

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY
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MICHAEL HANEKE

NO 2007 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS

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